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(KSDK) - Daycare providers in Illinois are now thanking NewsChannel 5 for helping shine a light on their story and ultimately putting cash in their wallets.

Last week Illinois officialssent an email blast to daycare providers saying the state is out of money and they would not get paid for three months.

Through tears, many said they could not hold out that long and would either lay off staff or be forced out of business.

On Wednesday we received several emails thanking us because their checks have been sent.

Illinois officials say they found a way to free up some money.

Susan Sloat of Centralia wrote saying, "Thank you so much for doing the segment on the daycare crisis. I got paid today!"

Lisa Metcalf said, "Thank you for taking the time to listen to our cries. We have been paid."